I was so happy to visit with Tippi Hedren at her beautiful Shambala preserve. She and her staff are dedicated to allow the magnificent animals at Shambala to live out their lives with love and dignity. Each “Wild One” has the best human, nutritional, medical, emotional, and mental care possible. The great photos here were taken by Bill Dow.
The Roar Foundation, was founded by actress Tippi Hedren in 1983 to support the exotic felines at the Shambala Preserve in Acton, California. The mission is to educate the public about the dangers of private ownership of exotic animals. Shambala is home to over 50 rescued big cats: lions, tigers, cougars, black and spotted leopards, bobcats, and Asian leopard cats, who live out their lives at Shambala.
Large numbers of dangerous animals are bred and sold for illegal purposes in the United States. The foundation supports more stringent legislation to protect these animals from cruel and unfair treatment.
Tippi Hedren has done many legendary films and she is the star of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. She is the mother to actress Melanie Griffith and is the President of the Roar Foundation, the group that funds Shambala. She believes that she has found her calling by providing homes for all of these beautiful rescued animals.
Here are some additional beautiful photos on my website at Shambala shot by Bill Dow: http://www.jerrymathers.com/shambala-photos/
For more information please visit the Shambala website at: http://www.shambala.org/
Photo by Bill Dow